(9 nights 10 days)
Let Banjara lead you into a world full of mysteries and unknown places where time has stood still for thousands of years untouched by man.
- Day 1: Delhi - Thanedar 440km/10hr Leave Delhi after an early breakfast. Check into Bajara Orchard Retreat. Spend the night in the retreat.
- Day 2: Thanedar - Sangla 165km/6hr Drive to Banjara Camp, Sangla. Overnight stay at the camp.
- Day 3: Sangla Rock climb, rappell, river cross or angle for trout. Bonfire in the evening.
- Day 4: Sangla Visit Chitkul (3,450M) - 20kms from the camp. This is the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. Lunch along the glacier fed mountain stream.
- Day 5: Sangla - Kaza - 229 km / 9 hr mountains as we go over the tree line towards the Spiti region. After driving for about 5 hrs on NH 22, just short of Yangthang, we take a detour, to visit the picturesque Nako Lake and have a picnic lunch by the lakeside. Post –lunch we drive on through breath taking, mountain desert terrain to reach the Banjara Retreat in Kaza.
- Day 6: Kaza - Ki Gompa - Kibber - Gete - Kaza After breakfast, visit Ki monastery and Kibber village. Ki gompa is a Gelugpa sect monastery. Its hilltop position points to a post-thirteenth century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level, while the middle floor houses the Dukhang- the assembly hall- and the uppermost floor has another temple and the head Lama’s quarters, on one side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of ‘Thangkas’ salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs in the 19th century.
From here a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. The pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometers. Kibber is small village and is the take off point for the popular trek to Tso Moriri in Ladakh. Further up six kilometers from Kibber, we drive up to a still smaller village of Gete. Consisting of just six houses, it boasts of being the highest village in Asia connected by road. Drive back to the retreat for a late lunch and spend rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 7: Kaza - Dhankar - Tabo - Kalpa - 210 km / 7 hrs Post-breakfast drive down to Dhankar Monastery. Dhankar, the traditional capital of Spiti, sits pretty on a hilltop. The fort here overlooks the Spiti valley and it was used as a jail in olden days. Today, more than 160 lamas reside here. A statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than seven-century old monastery. Move on to visit the glorious Tabo Gompa; reputed to be the oldest (an inscription on a wall here indicates, it was founded in AD 996) continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas, with its original decoration and iconographic program intact. Finish off with your packed lunch and drive on to reach Kalpa late in the evening. Famous for its apple and chilgoza plantations, this place also offers the best panoramic view of the 6,000m high Kinner-Kailash range. Night stay in Kalpa.
- Day 8: Kalpa - Thanedar - 155 kms / 6 hrs Drive to Banjara Orchard Retreat, Thanedar. Overnight stay at the retreat.
- Day 9: Thanedar Visit Paramjyotir temple and Tani Jubbar Lake.
- Day 10: Thanedar - Delhi 440km/10hr Leave after early breakfast. Lunch enroute.